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Why Use Creative Drama? Stimulates the imagination and promotes creative thinking Develops critical thinking skills Promotes language development Strengthens comprehension and learning retention by involving the senses
Theater Games Used for warm-ups Can be connected to content
Anything Fabric Pass a piece of fabric (or another object) around the circle. Each student demonstrates one thing the fabric could be. Content Connection: How could a pioneer/Pilgrim/soldier have used this item?
The What? Pass an object (such as a globe or map) around the circle Students follow the pattern as they pass the object This is the equator. The equator. The equator. The what? The what? Oh! The equator.
You Can’t Take Me Scenario: Someone is going on a trip and can only pack items that fit into a certain category. Give students a category. Most students pantomime something that may or may not fit into that category. A small group observes the mimes and tries to select the people they can “pack.”
Tableaux Frozen Picture Often used as a starting point before an improvisation
Tableaux Possibilities Vocabulary Guessing Game Tableaux Timeline Talking Tableaux
Narrative Pantomime Someone reads or tells a story with lots of action as others mime Possible Uses: Important Historical Events Poetry Picture Books Audio from Historical Recreations
Memories of Narrative Pantomime “The Union owned Fort Sumter until the Confederates attacked.There weren’t that many soldiers for either side. When shots were fired, people who lived on the coast watched the battle. The Union thought they were doomed because they were running out of supplies. Because shots were being fired, the Union troops couldn’t get to their supply room. Two supply boats were supposed to come but they couldn’t make it. They just sat on the water because it was too risky. The fort was on fire and there were almost explosions from the gun powder. The Union was out of supplies and surrendered.” -5th Grade Student 7 months after pantomime
Improvisation Scenes are created as you go Role playing is important Easy way to integrate language arts
Improv Possibilities Talking Artifacts Character Conversations Character Interviews The Hat Makes the Man
"I can teach them math until I am blue in the face, but this [drama experience] is what they will hold in their hearts years from now." – Anonymous
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